More detail on this person: James Collins, fought in two wars U.S. Army veteran James H. Collins, of Fairfield, Ohio, died Tuesday of cancer at his home. He was 63. "He was really a terrific person. He gave his all to his country and to his family and to his friends," said his wife, Theresa Collins. Mr. Collins was a chief warrant officer in the Army and spent a lifetime career in the service that began when he went to Korea as a paratrooper. He later joined the Green Berets and was stationed in Germany. Mr. Collins flew fighter jets and helicopters in Vietnam, where he completed two tours of duty. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Senior Army Aviator Badge, Distinguished Flying Cross, Army Commendation Medal and many others. "He came across kind of crusty but he had a heart of gold," Mrs. Collins said. "He always had time to stop and talk to someone and he loved to tell jokes. He had a great sense of humor." He leaves four children: Lisa Collins of Ruskin, Fla., Jeannette Johnson of Fayetteville, N.C., Gerhardt Collins, Pinehurst, N.C., and James T. Collins; two sisters Kathern Haning, and Betty Burns; a brother, Robert; and five grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. today at Vorhis Funeral Home, Springdale, followed by full military ceremony at gravesite. Memorials: American Cancer Society or Hospice of Cincinnati.
Burial information: Butler County Memorial Park, Trenton, OH
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